Miss Charity raising funds for bullied children

Four-year-old beauty queen, Anya Howlader from Shildon loves to compete in pageants and is already a multiple winner having been crowned Miss Confident, Miss Sparkle and overall Mini Miss Empress UK 2017/18.

But it is her title of Miss Charity that Anya has taken most to heart and after hearing sad stories of children being bullied, she decided to raise money for the charity Bullies Out.

Anya has been busy volunteering and raising money in lots of different ways and has so far raised an amazing £200.

In October she helped out at her school, St John’s Primary, which held a Macmillan Coffee Morning and put the money raised towards her charity.

In early November she donated one hour of her free time to help out at Tan Trims Barbers, where her Auntie Sharrna works. Whilst there, she swept hair off the floor and also helped empty the tokens out of the empty sunbeds.

In the coming months she will be busy collecting donations for local charity shops, making donations to local food banks and helping out by raising money for Children In Need at St John’s and Greenfield Community College.

Anya is competing in the Miss Winterwonderland beauty pageant on 26th November at Chilton Workingmen’s Club and is collecting donations ahead of the event for her chosen charity.

“I also have bag packs at supermarkets to attend and my mam is getting donations of toiletries for homeless people so we can take the little bags to the local homeless shelter,” said Anya.

All of these beauty pageants and hard work are all running up to the biggest event in a pageant year and that is National Elite Miss 2018 which will take place in Blackpool in early February.

There are four rounds in the national pageant: an interview, a round wearing something red, white or blue, a party wear/fashion round and an evening wear round.

The pageant will crown NEM Miss England, Scotland, Wales and UK in each age category.

The winner of NEM UK in each category wins a great adventure in a trip to compete in Gibraltar in May.

Anya lives at home with her mam, dad and her little sister Alayna.

She attends reception at St John’s Primary School and her favourite singer is Sam Smith. Her favourite thing is to sing and dance with her sister or aunties.

“She is a very happy well mannered little girl,” said her proud mam, Alex, who has created a Facebook page (@NEMAnyaH) to help people find out how to donate and to follow Anya’s progress.

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